Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Torres, Gelsy
Bioengineering Department
Torres, Gelsy
Faculty
Assistant Professor
Office: 732 Benedum Hall
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Research Interest: Device-induced locomotor adaptation in adults and children to natural walking.
Motor learning dynamics; Locomotor learning in patients with cortical lesions; generalization of treadmill-assisted rehabilitation to natural walking

Postdoctoral Training in Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University and Kennedy Krieger Institute, 2007-2011

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, 2001-2007

B.S. in Physics, University of Texas, 1999-2001

(2013) Claude D. Pepper Center Junior Scholar.

(2010) Hon. Ruth D. Vogel Award.

(2010) Student Travel Award, 6th World Congress of Biomechanics.

(2010) Selected participant at NSF ADVANCE Junior Faculty Development Workshop.

(2007) Selected participant at NSF ADVANCE Women in Science and Engineering workshop for emerging faculty.

(2006) Howard Hughes Teacher-Scholar in ORDERS/INSPIRE program at Emory University.

(1999) Jeannie Hunter Hackett Award.

(1999) Natural Sciences College Scholar, University of Texas at Austin.

(1996) Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship ITESM Campus Monterrey.

Finley, J.M., Long, A., Bastian, A.J., and Torres-Oviedo, G., "Spatial and Temporal Contributions to Step Length Asymmetry: Applications to Split-Belt Adaptation and Hemiparetic Gait.," Neuralrehabilitation and Neural Repair, Manuscript submitted for publication.

Chvatal, S.A., Macpherson, J.M., Torres-Oviedo, G., and Ting, L.H., 2013, "Absence of postural muscle synergies for balance following spinal cord transection," J. Neurophsyiol., no.6, pp. 1301-1310.

Torres-Oviedo, G., and Bastian, A.J., 2012, "Natural error patterns enable transfer of motor learning to novel contexts," Journal of Neurophysiology, no.1, pp. 346-356.

Malone, L.A., Bastian, A.J., and Torres-Oviedo, G., 2012, "How does the motor system correct for errors in time and space during locomotor adaptation?," Journal of neurophysiology, no.2, pp. 672-683.

Torres-Oviedo, G., Vasudevan, E.V., Malone, L.A., and Bastian, A.J., 2011, "Locomotor adaptation. Enhancing Performance for Action and Perception," Progress in Brain Research, pp. 65-75.

Chavatal, S.A., Torres-Oviedo, G., Safavynia, A.S., and Ting, H.L., 2011, "Common muscle synergies for control of center of mass and force in non-stepping and stepping postural behaviors," Journal of Neurophysiology, no.2, pp. 999-1015.

Safavynia, A.S., Torres-Oviedo, G., and Ting, H.L., 2011, "Muscle synergies: implications for clinical evaluation and rehabilitation of movement," Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, no.1, pp. 16-24.

Vasudevan, E...V...L., Torres-Oviedo, G., Morton, S...M..., and Bastian, A...J..., 2011, "Younger is not always better: development of locomotor adaptation from childhood to adulthood," Journal of Neuroscience, no.8, pp. 3055-3065.

Torres-Oviedo, G., and Bastian, A.J., 2010, "Seeing is believing: effects of visual contextual cues on learning and transfer of locomotor adaptation," Journal of Neuroscience, no.50, pp. 17015-17022.

Torres-Oviedo, G., and Ting, L.H., 2010, "Subject-specific muscle synergies in human balance control are consistent across different biomechanical contexts," Journal of Neurophysiology, no.6, pp. 3084-3098.

Vasudevan, E.V., Bastian, A.J., and Torres-Oviedo, G., 2010, "Emerging principles in the learning and generalization of new walking patterns," in Motor Control: Theories, Experiements, and Applications, F. Danion, and M. Latash, eds., Oxford University Press.

Torres-Oviedo, G., and Ting, L.H., 2007, "Muscle synergies characterizing human postural responses," Journal of Neurophysiology, no.4, pp. 2144-2156.

Ting, L.H., and Torres, G., 2007, "Muscle synergies simplifying neural control of posture," 2007 Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, FASEB Journal, A463-A465.

Torres, G., Macpherson, J.M., and Ting, L.H., 2006, "Muscle synergy organization is robust across a variety of postural perturbations," Journal of Neurophysiology, pp. 1530-1546.

Torres, G., Macpherson, J.M., and Ting, L.H., 2005, "Muscle synergies robustly control forces for balance control," 2nd International IEEE EMBS Conference, pp. 190-191.

Lin, A.L., Mann, B.A., Torres-Oviedo, G., Lincoln, B., Kaes, J., and Swinney, H.L., 2004, "Localization and Extinction of Bacterial Populations under Inhomogeneous Growth Conditions," Biophysical Journal, pp. 75-80.

Torres-Oviedo, G., Finley, J.M., Malone, L.A., and Bastian, A.J., 2013, "Analytical decomposition of gait kinematics reveals spatial and temporal sources of step length asymmetry post-stroke," DynamicWalking Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Iturralde, P.A., Ting, L.H., Bastian, A.J., and Torres-Oviedo, G., 2013, "Learning with pre-existing muscle synergies during human split-belt walking," Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2008, "Removing vision increases learning and generalization in split-belt locomotor adaptation," Sensorimotor seminar, Johns Hopkins University.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2009, "From the role of balance control to motor adaptation in locomotion," Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2009, "Principles for the control of locomotion: From balance control to motor adaptation," School of Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2009, "Promoting generalization in Stroke Rehabilitation," 15. Panelist in motor learning and computational models sections. As part of the NIH workshop, Rockville, MD.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2010, "Out-of-the ordinary errors limit the generalization of device-induced learning," Sensorimotor seminar, Johns Hopkins University.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2010, "Principles for the control of locomotion: From balance control to motor adaptation," Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Delaware.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2010, "Understanding motor adaptation for the rehabilitation of gait and balance," Center for Neural Repair and Rehabilitation, Temple University School of Medicine.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2010, "Understanding motor adaptation for the rehabilitation of gait and balance," Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, The University of Southern California.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2010, "Understanding standing balance and generalization of gait adaptation in humans," Department of Kinesiology, Penn State University.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2011, "Factors that make motor learning acquired on a treadmill transfer to natural walking," Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center, Temple University School of Medicine.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2011, "Understanding locomotor adaptation for the rehabilitation of gait," Department of Bioengineering, The University of Pennsylvania.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2011, "Understanding locomotor adaptation for the rehabilitation of gait," Department of Bioengineering, The University of Pittsburgh.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2011, "Understanding locomotor adaptation for the rehabilitation of gait," Department of Electrical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2011, "Understanding motor adaptation for the rehabilitation of gait and balance," National Rehabilitation Institute.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2012, "Generalization of motor learning: can learning acquired on a treadmill transfer to natural walking," Department of Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2012, "Principles for the flexibility in locomotion: from motor adaptation to balance control," Department of Bioengineering, The University of Pittsburgh.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2012, "Understanding locomotor adaptation for the rehabilitation of gait," Panther Rehab Rounds Lecture, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The University of Pittsburgh.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2013, "Generalization of motor learning: can robotic-assisted learning transfer to natural movements?," CARTER Seminar Series. McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, The University of Pittsburgh.

Torres-Oviedo, G., 2013, "How does the motor system correct for errors in space and time?," Pitt-CMU bipedal locomotion seminar, Carnegie Mellon University.

Torres-Oviedo, G., and Bastian, A.J., 2008, "Uncertainty in sensory feedback increases learning and generalization of locomotor adaptation," Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

Torres-Oviedo, G., and Bastian, A.J., 2009, "Seeing is believing: effects of vision and uncertainty on generalization of trained walking patterns," Hawaii, HI.

Torres-Oviedo, G., and Ting, L.H., 2008, "Muscle synergies account for variability in compensatory responses for human balance," Naples FL.

Torres-Oviedo, G., Bastian, A.J., and Finley, J., 2011, "Exploring contributions of temporal and spatial strategies to symmetry in human locomotion," Neural Control of Movement, San Juan, PR.

Torres-Oviedo, G., Malone, L.A., and Bastian, A.J., 2010, "Multiple adaptation rates underlie differences in spatial and temporal adaptation of task space variables in human locomotion," Symposium in Locomotion Session within Track 3.6. in World Congress of Biomechanics, Singapore.

Torres-Oviedo, G., Trzcinski, N.K., and Bastian, A.J., 2009, "How does the error driving the adaptation affect the generalization of a new locomotor pattern," Nanosymposium Session 702 Mechanisms of human motor learning. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Torres-Oviedo, G., Vasudevan, E.V., Malone, L.A., and Bastian, A.J., 2010, "Context-specificity of locomotor adaptation developed during childhood," Neural Control of Movement, Key Biscayne, FL.

Malone, L.A., Bastian, A.J., and Torres-Oviedo, G., 2009, "Multiple adaptation rates underlie differences in spatial and temporal adaptation of human locomotion," Neural Control of Movement, Kona, HI.

Vasudevan, E.V., Torres-Oviedo, G., Yang, J.F., and Bastian, A.J., 2009, "Development of motor learning from childhood to adulthood," Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL.